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The Review

The use of intermediaries in the Family Court

This year I was lucky enough to be able to attend my very first Resolution National Conference. As a new associate member and in the current online climate, I was very much keeping an open mind in relation to what to expect. I have to say that with each presentation the experience became more and more enjoyable; a very insightful week indeed.

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What family lawyers need to know about criminal law: Complainants

Although Corker Binning is a specialist defence firm, we appreciate that family lawyers experience both sides of a criminal investigation in representing both complainants and the subjects of those complaints.

We often receive enquiries via family lawyers from complainants, or potential complainants, seeking advice on the procedure and likely consequences of criminal investigations and proceedings. Whilst it is not usually necessary for complainants to receive formal criminal law advice (although this can be arranged, for example where a client is particularly anxious about the process of providing evidence to the police, or where there is a risk of a counter-allegation), we are always happy to share the benefit of our experience.

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The Review

Covid-19 and domestic abuse: the practical steps

The Covid-19 lockdown is an incredibly dangerous time for survivors of domestic abuse. It has been widely reported that domestic abuse organisations have seen a huge increase in contact since the lockdown began. Refuge, for example, has reported an increase of online traffic to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline of 700%. Following media coverage of the helpline, calls and logs on 6 April 2020 were up by 120% compared to the previous day.

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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is when someone close to you, often your spouse or partner, causes you physical, social, mental, financial or emotional harm. The violence and abuse can be actual or threatened and can happen once every so often or on a regular basis.

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